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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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ArchiCAD 21 adds algorithmic stair creation

ArchiCAD 21 adds algorithmic stair creation

Predictive Design Technology calculates design standards and ergonomics on the fly. The latest update to Graphisoft ArchiCAD BIM software for architectural design adds a new algorithmic tool for stair design. Graphisoft says the new Stair Tool features a patent-pending approach to stair design.  Stair and railing design is complex; it must comply with stringent standards […]

By May 8, 2017 Read More →
Datakit updates add Creo Parametric 4.0 support

Datakit updates add Creo Parametric 4.0 support

Other improvements include better handling of PMI and other metadata. Updates in the latest version of multi-CAD translator Datakit include support for PTC Creo 4.0 and a variety of technical improvements to improve the accuracy of metadata translation. Datakit software can now read files from Pro/Engineer 2000i to Creo 4.0, converting to many 2D and […]

By May 5, 2017 Read More →
New online library offers CAD models for 40 million electronics components

New online library offers CAD models for 40 million electronics components

Online parts libraries are win-win. Engineering saves time and money; vendors have access to a wider marketplace.   For years EMA Design Automation has specialized in access to data for electronic design automation and electronics parts for general manufacturing. Building on their expertise, EMA has now launched Ultra Librarian Online, a web-based version of its Ultra […]

By May 3, 2017 Read More →
Rescale expands on-demand use of LS-DYNA finite element analysis to Europe

Rescale expands on-demand use of LS-DYNA finite element analysis to Europe

Simulation as a service is taking off because it removes two significant bottlenecks. Finite element analysis (FEA) software LS-DYNA from Oasys Software is the most recent addition to the Rescale ScaleX cloud access platform for engineering software. LS-DYNA will be available for hourly, on-demand use in Europe effective today, expanding on an earlier soft launch […]

By May 1, 2017 Read More →
Autodesk ceases Ember 3D printer production

Autodesk ceases Ember 3D printer production

While support continues, Autodesk has announced that future Ember development will be dependant on the 3D printing community. Autodesk recently announced that it has halted production of its Ember line of 3D printers. The company, best known for its large library of engineering and design software, will continue to provide customer support to current owners. […]

By April 27, 2017 Read More →
Autodesk’s sale of Pixlr reveals business model transition

Autodesk’s sale of Pixlr reveals business model transition

It is routine for Autodesk to consolidate products or terminate them, but sell? Autodesk has sold Pixlr, its cloud/mobile photo editor, to 123RF, a photo/video service bureau and division of Inmagine Group. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition gives Inmagine Group a reach of approximately 50 million monthly users. It also signals […]

By April 25, 2017 Read More →
Tipit greenscreen technology opens a Pandora’s Box of AR possibilities

Tipit greenscreen technology opens a Pandora’s Box of AR possibilities

Separating the main image from the background in the camera allows professional photo editing opportunities inside the smartphone. The tech behind it has a wide range of applications beyond photography. A young startup called Tipit which focuses on cross-platform augmented reality technologies, recently launched an automated photo editing app called Model. The iOS app lets […]

By April 19, 2017 Read More →
Ayoga steps into AEC collaboration

Ayoga steps into AEC collaboration

India-based cloud collaboration platform seeks to reduce cost and complexity of disperse construction projects. To overcome global challenges in construction projects, an Indian company introduces a cloud-based AEC collaboration system called Ayoga. With the slogan “create, connect and collaborate,” Ayoga says it enables reliable planning of projects, streamlines planned and unplanned work, centralizes project communication, […]

By April 18, 2017 Read More →
Business Intelligence platform DrivenBI integrates AutoCAD

Business Intelligence platform DrivenBI integrates AutoCAD

Design can now connect directly into business planning dashboard.  Cloud-based Business Intelligence (BI) platform DrivenBI has added support for Autodesk AutoCAD to its data preparation utility tool. The company says adding AutoCAD integration as part of its service “allows CAD designs to connect directly to business data,” so that information from project drawings becomes instantly […]

By April 17, 2017 Read More →
Redway3D unveils REDsdk 4.3 visualization toolkit

Redway3D unveils REDsdk 4.3 visualization toolkit

The update sports new ray-tracing solutions, post-processing effects, as well as cloud-and-sky rendering. REDsdk is a C++ graphics visualization toolkit that provides industrial designers, architects, and other CAD professionals with a single multi-faceted rendering API. The REDsdk can be used for real-time 2D, 3D, and VR rendering and simulation. One of the notable improvements coming […]

By April 14, 2017 Read More →